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Yes, but individual absences can be excused or made up depending on the circumstances.
For example, scholars must enroll in the CS Career Prep course. However, if a scholar is unable to make a field trip associated with the course, it may be possible participate in an alternative event instead.
The goal of this program is to improve outcomes for low-income students (such as year-to-year retention or graduation rates). These activities are based on existing literature showing they help improve these outcomes. The scholarship funding is to support participation in this activities. Specifically, the funding is designed to offset the need to work on campus during the academic year and make it easier for students to participate in these activities.
Am I still eligible if I am part of the Black Scholars Program (BSP), Muscat Scholars Program (MSP), Getty Scholars, University Scholars, or other scholarship programs on campus?
If you have unmet financial need, you still qualify for this scholarship program. We will work with these programs to coordinate activities and requirements so you are not overburdened by participation in multiple scholarship programs.
Yes, participation in this program does not affect your eligibility for on campus work (although we hope the scholarships lessens the need for it). Visit our student employment office website for details.
What if I do not plan to live on campus for the first year? Do I still need to participate in the head start program?
Yes, even if you are not living on campus, you will need to still participate in the activities during that week.
Cohort enrollment (where all scholars enroll in the same courses) is strongly encouraged for all lower division (100 or 200-level courses) but not required. If one of the cohort course sections conflicts with your schedule, you may select an alternative.
Scholars also do not have to enroll for a course they already received credit for. For example, if you received credit for Math 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I then you do not need to enroll in that course with the other scholars.
To be eligible for continued support, scholars must remain enrolled full-time in the Computer Science major, achieve both major and overall GPAs above 3.0, continue to qualify as low income, and participate in all required program activities.
Scholars that fail to meet the funding requirements for a semester will be placed on probation. Scholars that fail to meet the requirements for two consecutive semesters will not be eligible to renew the scholarship.
You must be a CS major to continue receiving funding. You should speak with an advisor before switching majors.
You will no longer receive scholarship funding past the fourth year. However, scholars will still have access to their faculty advisor and may apply for other funding opportunities.
There will be two cohorts funded under this program. If additional funding becomes available, existing CS majors may be invited to join one of these cohorts.
Many activities sponsored by this program will be open to a select number of other CS majors. This includes the Community Engaged CS course, CS Career Prep course, and CS Service Learning course. Some social and networking events may be open to others as well.
Yes, participation in this program does not exclude you from other scholarship opportunities. We announce scholarship opportunities via our students' mailing list, which you are added to automatically after taking your first CS course.
Yes, the department offers many other funding opportunities to existing CS majors. This includes tuition support and conference funding. The department also offers on-campus work via teacher assistants, research assistants, and tutors. For recent funding opportunities, check out our blog.
The CS department supports a wide array of other programs, including hackathons, field trips, guest speakers, networking activities, conferences, social events, and more. For recent activities, check out our blog.